Sustainable Event Management: planning a green event made easy

Learn how to organise a green event from inception to completion | taught by Jarno Stegeman
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Course description

Events and festivals are embracing sustainable event management policies but it remains a daunting task to actually implement these policies. As the coordinator for the Greener Festival Awards in North America I am assessing the environmental plans of event and festival organisations. I will look at their environmental policies, waste management plan, transport plan, biodiversity analyses, and outcome of all these plans. Sustainable Event Management is more than just recycling!

In the workshop Sustainable Event Management you will learn what you can do to organise a greener event without it costing you the bank.

What to expect in this workshop

This workshop is divided in 3 sections:

  • What is sustainable event management

You will learn the basics of what sustainable development and sustainable event management is.

  • Your environmental plan

You will learn what an environmental plan is. The content of this plan will be discussed in this section of the workshop. Among the subjects that will be discussed are:

    • Measuring
    • Travel & transport
    • Water usage
    • Electricity and energy usage
    • Triple bottom line
  • Your audience

Great news that you want to organise a green event but is your audience actually interested in this? In this section I will discuss the results from my research study at Bonnaroo Music Festival and Lightning in a Bottle Festival.

Interviews with event experts

Throughout the workshop you will find useful interviews with award winning event and festival professionals. They will provide you with practical advice. What did the festival Lightning in a Bottle do to win the 'Outstanding-Award' for their sustainable efforts? There are interviews with:

  • Lightning in a Bottle Festival
  • Gentlemen On The Road Festival
  • Klean Kanteen (water bottle providers)
  • Sol Solutions (solar power at events)

Besides interviews the workshop consist of tutorials, presentations, and reading material.

What other students say

"Jarno always displayed a great knowledge and understanding of the event industry and was always able to communicate this in original and innovative ways that were really appreciated by the student." Iain Hill, promoter Live Nation Spain

"Much thought and experience has gone into preparing the course. I especially love the expert interviews, which give a behind-the scenes view of organising events." Jenny, student at The Event Tutor


1. Can I contact you if I have a question about the course content?

A. Absolutely! That's what a tutor is for. You can contact me via My aim is to respond to your email as quick as possible.

2. Is Sustainable Event Management only useful when I want to organise a festival?

A. It is useful if you want to plan any type of event. The workshop covers a wide variety of subjects and will benefit any event planner. This workshop is applicable to festivals, conferences, meetings, b-to-b events and community events.

3. I've seen other online courses that are more expensive. Why is this course so cheap?

A. I want to make sure the course is accessible to those who want to make their event more sustainable. Sustainability is about accessibility. Hence this course is only £20.

How much is the workshop?

Only £20! Yes, let that sink in for a moment. Lectures, exercises, quizzes, interviews with event industry experts, and 1-to-1 tutorials on request. All of that for only £20.

Other workshops

I have created more workshops:

  • Event Planning
  • Event Marketing
  • Event Safety
  • Gay Wedding Planning

What are you waiting for?

Sign up today and you will learn how to plan, organise, and produce a successful green event. Remember, it's only £20.

Welcome to The Event Tutor.

Jarno Stegeman
Jarno Stegeman
The Event Tutor

My name is Jarno Stegeman and I’m your Event Tutor. My career has spanned for over 15 years and has always been a combination of events and education. I have organised large scale festivals and live events, planned a wedding, and worked as a Senior Lecturer in Higher Education.

The Event Tutor

In February 2015 I started my own company providing online workshops in event planning. Almost 600 students from all over the world have signed up so far. I have developed and produced five workshops to date. My first e-book called Event Management: Your Environmental Plan got published in April 2015. I have also written e-books on Event Planning: Research at Music Festivals in North America and on Wedding Planning. I have created and delivered a one-day workshop in Sustainable Event Management in the Netherlands in 2016.

American Music Festivals Research

In 2015 I researched the sustainable initiatives at the festivals Lightning in a Bottle and Bonnaroo Music Festival. The aim of the study was to find out what audiences make of a festival’s sustainable initiatives. Over 400 festival fans participated in this study.

A Greener Festival

This not-for-profit organisation audited 50 music festivals world wide in 2014. I manage the award scheme in America and Canada, which includes auditing sustainable event management policies of festivals such as Bonnaroo, Beloved, Calgary Folk, and Northern Nights Music Festival. This involved training volunteers, administration, and auditing. This year we are auditing 3 festivals in America.

Dutch Kingsday Festival San Francisco

I have co-produced the annual family festival for the Dutch community in the Bay Area. I have introduced solar panel generators to the event to make the event more sustainable.

PechaKucha San Francisco

As part of a team I produced and promoted the events. We have worked with companies such as Eventbrite, and Airbnb.

San Francisco LGBT Pride

In 2013 I was responsible for the production of several events leading up to Pride weekend. In 2014 I supervised an economic impact study on behalf of Pride and the city of San Francisco. In 2015 I developed a demographic research survey.

Buckinghamshire New University

Senior Lecturer and Course Leader of Music & Live Events Management. Developed the curriculum, course content and learning assessments for the event management course. Lectured Event Management, Sustainable Event Management, Event Business Strategy, and Business Economics and I supervised student dissertations. I instigated the set up of a student led festival called Bucks Live. Developed, created and delivered course content for the Event Management course at Post Graduate level on the MA Music Management.

International Centre for Crowd Management and Security Studies

Conducting research in the field of health and safety, welfare, and sustainable development at music events and festivals. My research at Exit festival in Serbia got published in the book “Case Studies in Crowd management, Security and Business Continuity”.

CliniClowns Netherlands: Safety Consultant

Created and developed a health and safety plan for their theatre tour aimed at Severe Multiple Handicapped children and their carers.

Entertainment Research Centre

Managed the Centre and developed new marketing strategies and more beneficial sponsoring-concepts for event agencies. Clients included SAIL Amsterdam, City of Velsen, and the city of Haarlem.

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